Circuit Breaker Action

Victorian Government’s $143 million package supports eligible businesses impacted by the recent circuit breaker action to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

The Circuit Breaker Action Business Support Package of grants and direct payments is designed to support small businesses who were most impacted, including those in the creative industries, hospitality, tourism, events, and selected retail.

The package includes a number of initiatives to support small businesses, including sole traders. The most relevant to the creative sector are:

  • Business Costs Assistance Program – offers grants of $2,000 for eligible businesses, including sole traders, that incurred direct costs, such as cancellation fees and charges, because of the necessary public health actions can apply.

The program targets the most impact sectors, with eligible businesses including musicians and performers, performing arts and hospitality venues, event-related operations and hiring (such as staging and lighting), cinemas, museums, photographers and more. Download the full list of eligible businesses here.

Applications are now open and will close on Tuesday 16 March 2021.